Graduation with Departmental Distinction
Students who want to graduate with Departmental Distinction (GwDD) within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering conduct supervised research through independent study courses and present the results of their research and study in both written and oral forms to the department's Awards and Honors Committee.
To be eligible for graduation with departmental distinction, a candidate needs to have a 3.500 or higher GPA and complete at least one (1) unit of independent study, supervised by at least one of the CEE faculty, culminating in a written report. In addition, students must present their research project orally to an audience of faculty and students.
Students interested in the Graduation with Department Distinction honor are encouraged to approach faculty members to discuss independent study opportunities. For ideas, review the department's faculty research interests as many independent study projects come from faculty's already funded research and interests.
Independent study courses:
- CEE 491(197)/492(198). Projects in Civil Engineering. These courses may be taken by junior and senior engineering students who have demonstrated aptitude for independent work. Consent of instructor and director of undergraduate studies required. Half course or one course each. Instructor: Staff.
- CEE 394(172)/493(173)/494(174). Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects. Intensive research project in Civil and Environmental Engineering by students selected as Engineering Undergraduate Fellows. Consent of instructor and program director required. Instructor: Staff. One course.
The latter set of independent study courses are for students in the Pratt Fellows Program, which is an intensive research program consisting of three (3) units of independent study as well as 8 weeks of research during the summer between the junior and senior years. Applications for selection to the program are due in the fall of the Junior year.
The Awards and Honors Committee, through its Graduation with Departmental Distinction coordinator, will send each student enrolled in the Graduation with Departmental Distinction Program a letter at the beginning of the Fall term to include:
- a copy of the GwDD Protocol
- advisability of conducting the research in two terms, with a minimum ½ course load per term,
- the standards for the presentations and the written-works, and the importance of the initial course description prepared by the student and the course instructor (submitted to the Director of Undergraduate Studies).
Students enrolled in the GwDD program should provide a one-page progress report in early March to the GwDD Coordinator with a note from their Advisor that the project is advanced enough to yield a work deserving of Distinction.
The Committee meets immediately after the oral presentations and assesses each of the written reports and oral presentations. The Committee reports to the Director of Undergraduate Students the names of the students eligible for Graduation with Departmental Distinction based on the Committee's judgment of their written and orally presented work. The Committee also identifies the name of the student deemed to have demonstrated the highest excellence in independent study as demonstrated by the professionalism of their written or orally presented work; this student is awarded the Eric Pas Award.
The GwDD coordinator must receive the following materials two days prior to the oral presentation, by 5pm---with presentation generally on a Friday this would mean that the materials noted below would be due by 5pm of the previous Wednesday. If a student desires the Committee to preview their paper and receive comments in return then the paper should be submitted to the GwDD coordinator at least one week in advance of the oral presentation.
- an electronic copy of the final written-work (in either .docx or .pdf format),
- digital photo(s) of the student working in the lab, at a field site, working at the computer, etc. which is(are) suitable to publishing to a website (optional)
The written report needs to be prepared according to the Protocol and following ASCE journal publication requirements. In general, the written-work may not be less than 8 nor more than 12 pages of single spaced 10- or 12-pitch typed text including nomenclatures, figures, tables, appendices, and references, and it should be prepared as a photograph-ready manuscript for conference proceedings. However, in experimental, architectural, and other similar works the length and format may be as defined by the course instructor.
Each report is evaluated by the Committee on the basis of correctness, neatness, conciseness, clarity, rigor, and depth.
Each student will have 15 minutes for his/her presentation followed by 5 minutes of questions. The speakers are expected to prepare their slides according to professional standards. The length of the presentation should be strictly observed.
The Committee evaluates the presentation on the basis of clarity, conciseness, and effectiveness.
Historically, oral presentations are scheduled on the last Friday of the Spring term. The presentations are advertised to the department, and typically ordered alphabetically by the family names.
Eric Pas Award
The most outstanding independent study project, as judged by the Awards and Honors Committee, is bestowed the Eric I. Pas Award.
Students and Their Research
Recent graduates of our program who have earned the honor of Graduation with Departmental Distinction are listed below together with the title of their independent study project.
|Year||Recipient(s)||Title of Independent Study||Advisor|
|2013||Grace Cambareri||Blue Devil's Basin: An Integrated Constructed Wetland Model to Enhance Water Quality and Campus Stormwater Knowledge||D. Schaad, S. Schauman|
|Hunter Douglas||Effects of Rain Event Characteristics on Roof Runoff Quality||J. Nadeau|
|Christine Larson||Design of Open Channel System for Stormwater Control in Tola, Nicaragua||D. Schaad|
|Kathryn Lathan||The Use of Algae to Treat Greywater and as a Feedstock for Biofuels||C. Gunsch|
|Kala Viswanathan||Optimization of the Waste to Energy System at the Loyd Ray Farms in Yadkinville, North Carolina||D. Schaad|
|2012||Amy Allen||Dynamics and Control of Deepwater Offshore Wind Turbines||H. Gavin|
|Maria Gibbs||Vibration Mitigation in Structural Cables with Broad Band Energy Harvesting Potential||B. Mann|
|William Mackebee||Speciation and Release of Selenium in Coal Ash from the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant||H. Hsu-Kim|
|Tyler Rohr||Modeling Biomass Production and Carbon Cycling in Seasonally Dry Ecosystems||A. Porporato|
|Aaron Schroeder||Simulation of Friction Effects on Base-Isolated Structures||H. Gavin|
|Lauren Shwisberg||Laboratory Study of Circulation and Residence Time in Coral Colonies||J. Hench|
|Billy Wang||Economization of Gravity Load Resisting System for Buildings||J. Nadeau|
|Craig Wasilewsky||Engineering Design and Analysis of Tensegrity Structures||J. Scruggs|
|2011||Andrew Harris||Bridge Design Optimization Tool for Bridges to Prosperity||J. Nadeau|
|Matthew Wander||Formulation, Structure, and Analysis of a Model to Optimize Staffing Levels at Border Checkpoints||J. Peirce|
|2010||Margaret Hoff||Chemical Cocktail and Density Driven Distribution: An Examination of the Groundwater Impacts and Remedial Effectiveness at the NCSU NPL Site||D. Schaad|
|Jordan Woodson||Object Oriented Modeling for Urban Planning||A. Barros|
|2009||Samantha Beardsley||Water Conveyance and Treatment System Design for Medical Clinic in Las Mercedes, Honduras||D. Schaad, M. Fleming|
|Alexander Brhem||Geoengineering Climate Change||Z. Kabala|
|Scott Harvey||Mixed-Type Boundary Value Problems for Aquifer Characterization||Z. Kabala|
|Aaron Lee||Photoheterotrophic and Mixotrophic Growth Characterization of Microalgae for Biodiesel Production||C. Gunsch|
|Chloe Mawer||Transient Pumping Schemes for Efficient Remediation of Contaminated Porous Media||Z. Kabala|
|Nicholas Millar||A Sensitivity Analysis of GEOTOP in Modeling the Effects of Climate Change on Dripsey, an Irish Watershed||J. Albertson|
|Lindsay Rawot||Preparing for WATERS: Engaging Middle School Science Students in Environmental Engineering||J. Peirce|
|Jessica Toy||Water Transfer Optimization in the North Carolina Research Triangle||J. Peirce|
|Lauren Wessel||Comparative Toxicity of C60 Aggregates||M. Wiesner|
|2008||Ian Cassidy||Implementation of Controllable Electromagnetic Friction Damping in an Equipment Isolation System||H. Gavin|
|Elizabeth Crabtree||Investigating Flaw Evolution in Stimulus Responsive Hydrogels||J. Dolbow, D. Stepp|
|Steven Lattanzio||WEAVE: Web-Based Educational Framework for Analysis, Visualization, and Experimentation||H. Gavin|
|Lee Pearson||Towards a Life Cycle Assessment of Algal Biodiesel as a US Transportation Fuel Stock||C. Gunsch|
|Cleland Robertson||Magnetorheological Squeeze-Film Damper Design and Testing||H. Gavin|
|2007||Nicole Axelrod||Performance Limits of Passively-Damped Ball-in-Cone Isolation Systems||H. Gavin|
|Bibek Joshi||Solar Water Disinfection Using Lead Extracts and Lemon Juice||K. Linden|
|2006||Jean Foster||Investigation of Plasmids in Biological Wastewater Treatment||A. Schuler|
|Sara Oliver||Experimental and Theoretical Analysis of Microslip||T. Laursen|
|Serdar Selamet||Design of Intrinsic Mechanisms in Structures Absorbing a Thermal Shock to Deal with Structural Implications of the September 11 Collapse of WTC Towers||T. Hueckel|
|Robert Tipton||Biomass Allocation in Crown Structures of Southern Pine Species||J. Nadeau|
|Siu Chung Yau||Higher Order Limit State Functions in the Response Surface Method of Structural Reliability Analysis||H. Gavin|
|2005||Deirdre McShane||Pre-buckled Struts as a Vibration Isolator||L. Virgin|
|Justin M. Shapiro||Nitric Oxide Emissions as an Indicator of Hydrocarbon Contamination in Soils||J. Peirce|
|Daniel Stepner||Wetlands Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling||M. Medina|
|Victor K. Victorsson||Structural Reliability Analysis||H. Gavin|
|2004||Noor N. Atari||WEAVE: Web-based Educational Framework for Analysis, Visualization, and Experimentation||H. Gavin|
|Jennifer M. Axtell||Cable Vibrations in Cable-Stayed Bridges||H. Petroski|
|Lauren D. Kickham||Dynamics of a Bouncing Ball||L. Virgin|
|Trevor B. Yates||Detecting Landmines of Different Materials in Varying Soil Types using Non-Invasive Geophysical Electrical Methods||F. Boadu|
|2003||Alissa J. Jones||An Optimization and Comparison of Internally- and Externally-Valved Magnetorheological Dampers||H. Gavin|
|Deborah A. Seibold||UV Degradation of Atrazine||K. Linden|
|2002||Kimberly A. Novick||Assessing the Effects of Elevated Atmospheric CO2 and LAI Perturbations on Southeastern Grassland Water Vapor and CO2 Fluxes||G. Katul|
|Jesse B. Hoagg||Semiactive Vibration Control Using a Magnetorheological Damper||H. Gavin|
|2001||Mark E. Dobossy||Design Optimization of MR Damper||H. Gavin|
|2000||Alissa Kendall||Analysis of the Spectral Response of Contaminated Soils with Varied Engineering Soil Properties||F. Boadu|
|Lauren K. MacWilliams||Evolution and Evaluation of the Coliform Drinking Water Standard||R. Rumer|
|Adam G. Steward||Analysis of the Frequency-Dependent Spectral Electrical Response of Contaminated Soils||F. Boadu|